March 10, 1947|
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Colin Stinton (born March 10, 1947) is a Canadian-born actor who often portrays fictional American politicians, lawyers and government agents.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1947, Stinton immigrated to the United States as a child in 1952. He lived in a trailer with his family—traveling throughout the U.S. and finally settling in the Chicago area. There he attended Northern Illinois University, acting in several campus productions and joining an alumni group that performed in Chicago as the Dinglefest Theatre Company, which later established The Theatre Building. He spent several years as part of the Chicago theatre scene where he met and worked frequently with playwright-director David Mamet.
Stinton lived in New York, 1978–1985, during which he created the title role in Mamet's "Edmond", and received a Theatre World Award for his role in Mamet's "The Water Engine", on Broadway. He moved to London in 1985, where he spent several years at the National Theatre in addition to work in the West End and in film, television and radio. He returned to New York to earn a Drama Desk Award nomination for his role in the U.S. premier of Richard Nelson's "Some American's Abroad", and played Mr. Robinson in both the London and New York stage versions of "The Graduate".
He was in the original stage production of "Rainman" in London and a West End revival of The Pajama Game in 2014. His stage work includes premieres of new plays by David Mamet, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Richard Nelson, Dusty Hughes, David Hare, John Osborne, and Tom Stoppard.
He played Neal Daniels in "The Bourne Ultimatum". Other roles include President Arthur Coleman Winters in the Doctor Who episode "The Sound of Drums", US Secretary of State Al Haig in "The Falklands Play", the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom in "The Trial of Tony Blair", the United States Secretary of State Traynor Styles in "Spooks", and Justice Robert Jackson in the BBC docudrama Nuremberg: "Nazis on Trial".
He appeared as Dr. Dave Greenwalt in the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies" and the disbelieving Detective Cartert in the Arielle Kebbel horror vehicle "Freakdog". He played opinionated news caster Anthony Markowitz in "Broken News".
Stinton played the part of an American named Charles Lester in one of Agatha Christie's Poirot serials Poirot's Early Cases entitled "The Lost Mine". He also appears as the head judge in the 2001 music video, "Murder on the Dancefloor", by Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
He appeared as Lt Colonel Hoyt Jackson for the US Justice Department tracking a Nazi war criminal in Foyle's War Series 8, Episode 3, "Sunflower" in 2013.